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UPDATE: Brandon fire connected to kidnapping and murder

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UPDATE: According to neighbors, the Brandon home that started fire Sunday is connected to a nearly 12-year-old kidnapping and murder.

We talked to Howard Bentley, and he says he owns the home.

Back in 2005, Howard's son, Roger Bentley lived in the home at 802 South Street.

Roger Bentley is serving time in prison for kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl.

Roger's brother, James, is also serving time in prison for taking pornographic pictures of that girl.

According to Howard Bentley, he was renting the home to people, and he hasn't lived there for nearly 8 years.

Howard Bentley believes the people he was renting to, were likely smoking in bed, and he believes the fire started from a cigarette.

According neighbors and Howard Bentley, they are somewhat relieved to see the house torn down after the fire.

Please stay with KWWL as this story develops.

(Pictured from left to right include the house fire, Roger Bentley, and James Bentley.)
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Two people make it out of a burning house, after it caught on fire from a lit cigarette.

The fire ignited inside a house in Brandon this morning. The Brandon Fire Chief says the home is a total loss. No one was hurt in the fire.

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The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office confirms multiple fire departments are on scene of a house fire in Brandon.

The call came in around 10:20 a.m. for a house fire in the 800 block of South Street. 

They say at least  four fire departments are on scene.

We don't know the extent of the damage or if there are any injuries at this time; stay with KWWL as this story develops. 

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